Theologian At University Of Lugano Acquitted Of Homophobia

(MENAFN- Swissinfo) The police court in Bellinzona has acquitted a German professor at the Faculty of Theology in Lugano of charges of discrimination and incitement to hatred.

This content was published on April 22, 2024 - 16:42 2 minutes Keystone-SDA

The 68-year-old professor at the University of Italian-speaking Switzerland (USI) had been accused of authorising the publication of a homophobic article in a theological monthly publication of which he is the editor.

The man, who had pleaded not guilty, appeared in person before the Bellinzona police court last Monday after objecting to a fine of CHF9,450 ($10,373) and one for CHF1,850 in December 2022.

The verdict had been postponed from April 15 to April 22. A spokesperson informed the Swiss News Agency Keystone-SDA that the panel of judges required more time to reach a verdict.

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The professor had been accused of discrimination and incitement to hatred because he had authorised the publication of an article by a Polish theologian in the German Catholic monthly magazine Theologisches. The text compared homosexuals within the church to“a cancer, unscrupulous parasites and a gay mafia”.

The man was reported to the police by Pink Cross, the umbrella organisation for gay and bisexual men in Switzerland. The defendant's lawyer demanded an acquittal for his client, as the article in question did not contain any attacks on all homosexuals, but only on those who had“tainted” themselves with paedophile crimes within the church.

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